The Hidden Dangers of Escalators
In April of 2015, CCTV footage captured the last minutes of a young girl's life as she tragically fell to her death from an escalator. The six year old was at a shopping mall with her mother when she plunged several floors down from an escalator. She died on impact due to her injuries. This tragic accident is sadly just the most recent in a long line of serious escalator injuries that can occur at malls and shopping centers.
The escalator was first patented in 1892 and the design has remained substantially the same ever since. The landing platforms are the most frequent areas of concern with escalators, as when the stairs disappear, clothing and body parts can become trapped. In the past few years, escalators have taken off the toe of a child, caused many adults to fall and become injured, and strangled a man when the hood of his sweatshirt became trapped in the areas between the stairs and the landing platform.
Have You Been Injured in an Escalator Accident?
Escalators provide an alternative to stairs that many welcome due to their convenience. Most of them are also safe. However, defective escalators can result in serious injuries that could have a long term impact on your life. Thousands of Americans are injured on escalators annually, often as a result of faulty handrails, faulty design, or loose platforms that can catch shoes or clothing and inflict serious harm.
If you have been injured in an escalator accident, first be sure that you receive the medical attention you need to address your injuries. Do not delay in seeking treatment, as this can result in further injuries and weaken your case against the party responsible for your accident. Next, notify the property owner of your injuries. Make a formal written notification if possible and be sure to inform the appropriate parties, which can include the property manager.
Your next vital step is to obtain the assistance of an experienced licensed personal injury attorney. Your attorney will assist you in evaluating the accident and the potential of fault. Your attorney can then assist in gathering evidence in support of your claim, which can include witness statements, security footage, medical testimony and much more. Depending upon the circumstances of the accident, you could be eligible to seek compensation from the property owner or the manufacturer of the defective escalator.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
No one expects to be injured while out shopping or visiting attractions, but escalator accidents can occur at anytime. If you have been injured in an escalator or other related accident, the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our firm aims to provide exemplary legal services to injured individuals across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 30 years of experience to your personal injury case and offer compassionate legal services catered to your individual needs. Prompt action is vital to the success of your personal injury case. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as your time to file a personal injury claim after your accident is limited. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.